HP’s entry level color laser printer is down to three hundred dollars. The cost of printing a monochrome page on a color laser is the same as printing the same page on a monochrome laser.
Color lasers are now the preferred choice for a small office with only one printer.
Here’s a review of four inexpensive color lasers, including the cheap HP Color LaserJet 1600. There are many more on the market – shop carefully and consider whether a network connection is a better choice than USB and whether a duplexer would be helpful. But don’t automatically assume that color is unnecessary or too expensive!